Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists

August 13, 2006

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking volunteer naturalists so teach at the conservancy's school programs at Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road, in Woodstock.

The naturalists will help conservancy staff members lead hikes on the 232-acre nature reserve.

Training is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants will receive a manual and learn about the ecology, history, wildlife and plants of Mount Pleasant. The cost for materials is $10.

The conservancy is the county's largest land trust and only nature center. It provides educational programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

SAT, PSAT prep class set at Chapelgate

Registration is being accepted for a preparatory course for the SAT and PSAT tests, to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 26 at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.

The course, which will be taught by Martha Gagnon, is open to all high school students. The cost is $185, including ma- terials. Registration is required. 410-442-1600, or www.Martha Gagnon.com.

The Marriotts Ridge High School PTSA will sponsor two preparation courses for the fall PSAT and SAT tests, also taught by Gagnon.

Saturday classes are to begin Sept. 16; Tuesday evening classes, Sept. 19.

Information or registration: Lynn Schenning, lschen ning@comcast.net. Or www. MarthaGagnon.com.

Marriotts Ridge High Boosters to meet

The Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the schools counseling center. A Pizzeria Uno fundraiser is planned from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. (For a coupon: www.mrhs-boosters. com.) Freshman orientation is planned from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Aug. 24 in the school auditorium. A Mustang spirit wear sale is to begin at noon.

Around Town

Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for children of nonmembers. 443-745-1168.

Democratic club -- The Western Howard Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. A discussion of group values and goals is planned. 301-854-6507.

Horse-care clinic -- Days End Farm Horse Rescue, 15856 Frederick Road, Lisbon, is offering a two-day horse-care clinic for longtime and new horse owners. The "If Only Love Was Enough" clinic, Levels 1 and 2, will be taught by professional equine instructors. The clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 20. The cost is $40 a day. Participants can learn about horse psychology, health and safety; hoof and dental care; how to examine a horse and take vital signs; the care of older horses, and emergency care; and nutrition and parasites. Those who attend both days will receive advice on boarding, transporting and other topics. Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Days End has rescued and rehabilitated neglected and abused horses and provided educational services since 1989. 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564. Or www.defhr.org.

Reading together -- The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to engage adults and young children in a shared reading experience. The book recommended for the day is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Jumpstart mentors preschool children in one-to-one relationships to help build language, literacy and social skills. Children's librarians at the Glenwood and east Columbia branches will offer story times featuring the book, followed by a make-your-own-train activity. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. Copies of the books will also be available at all branches for reading and to check out. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

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